12th September 2016
Ballinasloe School is Top of the Battery Recycling Class Says Minister Denis Naughten TD
- Lawrencetown Pupils Collect Almost 100kg of Batteries
- School is Setting The Standard for Other Schools Says Minister
- Minister calls on nation to help break the EU battery target
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD has given an A grade to a Ballinasloe school for its battery recycling efforts ahead of an EU deadline to recycle 45% of all batteries sold in Ireland by the end of 2016.
Minister Naughten praised pupils at Lawrencetown National School, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway for their efforts in collecting and recycling batteries.
Students at the school collected almost 100kg of waste batteries over the past year as part of the WEEE Pledge Programme – a free recycling and educational programme for schools.
The programme is run by WEEE Ireland – Ireland’s largest collection scheme for batteries and electronic waste – and more information is available about it at www.weeepledge.ie
Minister Denis Naughten launched the European Battery Recycling Day at Lawrencetown National School on Friday September 9th in association with WEEE Ireland. He said that despite being a small school Lawrencetown had collected a huge amount of batteries and their achievement should inspire other schools to get involved and collect as many batteries as possible.
“It was a pleasure to visit Lawrencetown to see the great recycling work that the students are doing under this programme. They are setting a very high standard for other schools to follow. 2 out of 3 people in Ireland still do not recycle their small waste batteries and that is something I really want to see change. We have only a few months left to reach our EU target so I am asking people to make a big effort to look around their homes, schools and offices for any portable batteries that need to be recycled. We can all start to make changes to what we recycle so let us start today on European Battery Recycling Day. I want to congratulate the schools that took part in the WEEE Pledge Programme last year and I encourage more and more schools to take part in the programme in order to make a real difference environmentally and in doing so help raise vital funds for a very worthy cause,” Minister Naughten stated.
Speaking at the launch WEEE Ireland CEO, Leo Donovan, said that the WEEE Pledge Programme was calling on all schools around the country as well as teachers, pupils and parents to recycle as many batteries as possible before the end of 2016.
“WEEE Pledge has broadened students’ recycling activity and is inspiring the next generation to be ‘guardians of our planet’. Students (and their families) learn about the importance of being responsible for the environment and how to make a difference in each community” WEEE Ireland CEO Leo Donovan added.
In 2015 over 2,000 primary and secondary schools took part in the WEEE Pledge programme and WEEE Ireland hopes that this number continues to grow. By recycling their batteries under the WEEE Pledge Programme students are also helping to raise much needed funds for LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice.
This is the second year that the European Battery Recycling Day is taking place. It is a Europe-wide initiaitve that sees WEEE Ireland join forces with European recycling schemes under the auspices of the European Association of National Collection Schemes for Batteries (EUCOBAT).
The Minister said that Ireland was close to hitting the EU target of recycling 36 million batteries or 45% of the total number of 80 million batteries sold annually here.
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About LauraLynn- Ireland’s Children’s Hospice
LauraLynn is Ireland’s first and only children’s hospice. Since opening in September 2011, families across Ireland now have access to respite, home support and end-of-life care for children with highly medically dependent conditions.
Every year there are approximately 320 child deaths and more than 3,800 children living with life limiting or threatening conditions in Ireland. The monies required to build LauraLynn was 100% generated through fundraising. It cost €5.5 million to build and fit-out the hospice and now costs over €3 million to operate each year. To date, LauraLynn has received no direct state funding for its hospice services.
For further information please visit lauralynn.ie
About battery recycling
The WEEE Ireland scheme operates on behalf of Producers of batteries and electrical appliances to encourage people at home and in work to manage their electrical and battery waste responsibly. WEEE Ireland encourages people to use rechargeable batteries where possible and to use the WEEE Ireland small battery box or other suitable container at home to collect spent batteries for recycling. Waste batteries can then be placed in larger WEEE Ireland blue boxes at collection points around the country. They are sorted at WEEE facilities in Ireland and safely transported to dedicated European battery recycling plants. Recycling batteries diverts them from landfill and ensures any heavy metals and chemicals they contain are managed in an environmentally responsible way.
Recycling also saves on natural resources as many of the component parts of batteries can be used again in manufacturing. For more information please log on to weeeireland.ie, or join the campaign on facebook.com/weeeireland
About WEEE Ireland
WEEE Ireland (Waste, Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is a not for profit organisation, founded by producers of electrical and electronic appliances in order to help them comply with the legal obligations imposed by the WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC. WEEE Ireland manages the collection for recycling of household WEEE, lighting equipment and batteries from authorised collection points, on behalf of its Producer members.